Aboriginal business owners and entrepreneurs are in the spotlight through a new Aboriginal Procurement Strategy. The aim of the strategy is for 0.9 per cent of the City of Melbourne’s total expenditure to be with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers by 2019-20. This equates to approximately $2.25 million.
A recent Aboriginal Enterprise Expo held in September, ‘… showed that there are a huge range of services offered by Aboriginal people that can be tapped into: design, construction, maintenance, art and much more,’ Rueben Berg (Graduate Architect and Managing Director of RJHB Consulting) said.
‘It is important to develop relationships, to attend events and get involved in projects where you can form those networks, which can lead to future opportunities. ‘It’s all about breaking the mould of where people expect to find Aboriginal services and using those services not just in an Aboriginal context.’
Supply Nation research has found that for every dollar spent with an Aboriginal supplier, there is a social return of around four dollars, such as flow-on investment in education, training, employment and community.
‘Economic sustainability is essential for our community; it equates to self-determination and reflects an increased valuing of Aboriginal knowledge,’ Jirra Lulla (Managing Director of Kalinya Communications) said.
The City of Melbourne is actively seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers for future tenders, building a database of businesses and recruiting a new staff member to support this growing sector.
Last Updated: January 9, 2017 at 11:26 am